Many of us expect that, over time, traffic accident fatalities will decrease. We will learn what causes accidents and take the necessary steps to prevent crashes from occurring. We will build better cars that protect people from death and serious injury when crashes are inevitable. We will mourn fewer deaths.

However, the preliminary car accident fatality statistics for the first quarter of 2012 tells a different story. According to the information released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a significant increase in traffic fatalities from the first quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2012.

A Closer Look at January - March 2012 Accident Fatalities

According to the NHTSA,

  • 7,630 people died in first-quarter 2012 accidents.
  • 6,720 people died in first-quarter 2011 accidents.
  • The increase between first quarter 2011 and first quarter 2012 accident fatalities is 13.5  percent.

If these preliminary numbers become final numbers, it will be the second largest year-to-year quarterly increase since the government began keeping these records in 1975.

The reason for the marked increase in fatalities is currently unknown. There has been speculation that the unseasonably warm weather of January to March 2012 contributed to more people on the road. However, AAA only reports an increase of 1.4 percent in miles driven when compared to the same period in 2011.

Contact a Milwaukee Car Accident Lawyer if You’ve Lost a Loved One

If you have lost a loved one in a car, motorcycle, truck, or pedestrian crash then it is important to contact a Milwaukee fatal accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will help investigate what happened in the accident, advise you of your rights, and fight hard for your fair and just recovery.

For more information, please contact our Milwaukee personal injury law firm today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We also invite you to learn more in our Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, available as a FREE download on our website.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.